Author Archives: Marc Selinger

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Reporter: Air Force/Congress/Space Defense Daily Ph: 301-538-6290

Defense Watch: Hardware Fund, Autonomous Vehicles, AFCYBER

Hardware Fund. Pentagon technology chief Michael Griffin says he backs a congressional proposal to provide $150 million to encourage private-sector investment in hardware technologies that might be useful to the Defense Department. The proposal is included in the Senate-passed version of the fiscal year 2019 defense authorization bill. “I worked with some of the folks […]

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C)

Senate Panel, House Advance FY 2019 Defense Appropriations Bill

The Senate Appropriations Committee (SAC) and the full House passed their respective versions of the fiscal year 2019 defense appropriations bill June 28. The Senate panel approved its version by a 30-1 vote, while the House cleared its legislation by a 359-49 vote. Both bills would provide about $675 billion for defense (Defense Daily, June […]

Air Force Gen. James "Mike" Holmes, commander of Air Combat Command. Photo: USAF.

Air Force Grounds Light-Attack Aircraft Experiment After Crash

The U.S. Air Force has suspended flying for its light-attack aircraft experiment while it investigates the recent fatal crash of one of the participating planes, the head of Air Combat Command (ACC) said June 28. “We haven’t figured out what happened yet,” Gen. James “Mike” Holmes told the Defense Writers Group. “Because there’s no operational […]

Rep. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.)

House Backs More Funding To Replace A-10 Wings

The U.S. House of Representatives late June 26 passed an amendment to the fiscal year 2019 defense appropriations bill aimed at speeding up the installation of new wings on the Air Force’s aging A-10 Thunderbolt II close-air-support aircraft. The amendment, offered by Rep. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) and approved by voice vote, adds $65 million to […]

House Backs More Funding To Replace A-10 Wings

The U.S. House of Representatives late June 26 passed an amendment to the fiscal year 2019 defense appropriations bill aimed at speeding up the installation of new wings on the Air Force’s aging A-10 Thunderbolt II close-air-support aircraft. The amendment, offered by Rep. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) and approved by voice vote, adds $65 million to […]

The sunshield for the James Webb Space Telescope. (Photo courtesy of Northrop Grumman)

NASA Delays Webb Telescope’s Launch To 2021

The often-delayed launch of the James Webb Space Telescope has slipped another 10 months based on the findings of an independent review board, NASA announced June 27. The launch, which was previously slated for May 2020, is now scheduled for March 30, 2021, the agency said. Former aerospace industry executive Tom Young, the review board’s chair, […]

A Marine Corps F-35B lands on a ship. (U.S. Navy photo)

Senate Appropriators Back More F-35s For Navy, Marines

The Senate Appropriations Committee’s defense panel (SAC-D) approved a $675-billion fiscal year 2019 defense appropriations bill June 26 that would fund 89 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, 12 more than the Trump administration requested. The Marine Corps and Navy would get a total of 41 F-35Bs and F-35Cs, up from the request for 29 jets, according […]

Senate Appropriators Back More F-35s For Navy, Marines

The Senate Appropriations Committee’s defense panel (SAC-D) approved a $675-billion fiscal year 2019 defense appropriations bill June 26 that would fund 89 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, 12 more than the Trump administration requested. The Marine Corps and Navy would get a total of 41 F-35Bs and F-35Cs, up from the request for 29 jets, according […]

Randy Walden, head of the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office, speaks at the Air Force Association. (Photo by Marc Selinger/Defense Daily)

Air Force’s B-21 Bomber Nears Key Design Review

The U.S. Air Force, which has been developing the B-21 Raider for almost three years, is on track to conduct a critical design review (CDR) by year’s end, a service official said June 25. “We are on our way to critical design review,” said Randy Walden, director of the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office, which oversees the […]

Two Afghan Air Force A-29 Super Tucanos fly over Kabul in 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo)

A-29 Light-Attack Plane Crashes During Air Force Experiment

An A-29 Super Tucano crashed June 22 during a training flight for the Air Force’s light-attack aircraft experiment, killing one of its aircrew members. Navy Lt. Christopher Carey Short of Canandaigua, N.Y., died when the A-29 he was piloting crashed at 11:30 a.m. Mountain time over the Red Rio Bombing Range, which is part of […]